San Francisco International is getting a brand new nonstop to Cancun on JetBlue

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As the autumn travel season will get underway, we’re nonetheless seeing a sluggish return to air travel and a few promising news from airports and airways. The TSA mentioned final week was comparatively busy for airport safety, with most days exceeding 700,000 passengers, and Sunday hitting 809,000. American Airlines says it’s going to open its huge new Admirals Club at SFO’s Harvey Milk Terminal 1 in October (together with seven different lounges in its community). We’ll have more particulars in regards to the golf equipment (and avocado toast) this week. That news comes on the heels of the “A-side” of SFO’s worldwide terminal reopening early this month, and the addition of a handful of unusual new flights from the Bay Area, which you’ll examine within the tales beneath.

In route news, JetBlue is including more California routes, together with one from San Francisco, one from Palm Springs and several other from Los Angeles; United tweaks its new no-change-fees coverage; United additionally introduced some new worldwide service, together with a route to India from SFO; American will push up the revival of LAX-Sydney flights and code-share them with Alaska; Air New Zealand and Emirates minimize SFO schedules; and Salt Lake City will open its new airport subsequent week. Read: Routes: JetBlue’s California strikes + United, AA, Air New Zealand, Emirates, new SLC airport

If worldwide air travel is ever going to open up once more within the age of coronavirus, it’s changing into obvious that some sort of quick and environment friendly COVID-19 testing program shall be required at airports. With the U.S. authorities’s resolution to cease its present ineffective coverage of checking worldwide arrivals subsequent week, it seems just like the non-public sector may need to take up that job – and that’s beginning to occur, too. Read: Rapid COVID-19 testing at airports important for air travel rebound

For many months now, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and main worldwide airways have been utilizing facial recognition know-how to confirm the identification of vacationers on worldwide journeys. But now, facial recognition procedures are beginning to be examined on home vacationers because the TSA, airways and airports search for methods to make the check-in course of more “touchless” in an effort to stop the unfold of COVID-19. Read: Facial recognition is coming to home air travel

Slowly however absolutely vacationers are returning to the skies, and Southwest Airlines is prepared to welcome Californians again with a 2-day sale. [NOTE: This short sale has expired, but there are still plenty of good deals out there for fall and winter travel. If you’d like to get alerts about sales like this, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn, where posts appear on the day they are published.] If you possibly can e-book by midnight Wednesday, roundtrip fares are operating as little as $80 inside California, $100 to/from neighboring states and simply $200 to and from Hawaii. Read: Southwest Airlines 2-day sale: Hawaii $198, California $78.  Monday morning replace: Nonstop fares between the Bay Area and Hawaii (for Nov-Mar flights) are within the $250 roundtrip vary. Intra-California fares are at about $97 roundtrip. Not dangerous!

In the midst of a pandemic-induced airline business tailspin, it seems that United is taking the lengthy view, including a bevy of latest flights to far-flung locations (together with a brand new “longest” flight from SFO), and including new wide-body flights to Hawaii from Chicago and New York. It’s even getting a brand new “enhanced” B787 for its longest haul. Read all about it: United proclaims SFO’s longest flight to Bangalore, India

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Southwest is lastly flying to Palm Springs; San Francisco International is anticipating important delays due to some main runway upkeep subsequent month; United introduces an interactive information to coronavirus-related travel restrictions; Hawaiian joins different airways in dropping change charges; Swiss revives SFO flights however Fiji Airways delays its return; route news from Alaska at SFO plus Spirit, JSX and Delta at Oakland and American at San Jose; United units October schedules; and Global Entry enrollment workplaces will reopen subsequent month. Read: Routes: New Palm Springs flights, SFO delays, COVID-19 assist, change charges

With Americans shut out of touring to most international locations on the planet due to the coronavirus pandemic, Mexico is wanting more engaging to vacationers itching for a global journey. But is now the correct time to go? Is Mexico secure? What about later this 12 months or the vacations? Read: Should I e-book a visit to Mexico?

Chris McGinnis is SFGATE’s senior travel correspondent. Email: chris@travelskills.com. Get up-to-the-minute travel news through Chris’s social feeds: Twitter: @cjmcginnis | Facebook: @TravelSkills